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Masked Man Attempts to Set NJ Synagogue on Fire with Molotov Cocktail

Update February 1st: The Department of Justice has announced Nicholas Malindretos, 26, has been arrested in connection with the incident; more here.

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A synagogue was left undamaged after a Molotov cocktail was thrown toward the temple in New Jersey on Sunday morning, police said.

A man wearing a ski mask threw the explosive at the front door of the Temple Ner Tamid around 3:19 a.m. before fleeing the scene, the Bloomfield Police Department said in a news release .

Detectives with the police department along with agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were notified of the incident.

Investigators believe that the suspect is a white male and have released a surveillance photo of him.

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said in a statement that the incident is being investigated as a bias incident and that his office is working with law enforcement to find the arson suspect.

Platkin added that his office is aware of a second incident that happened on Saturday in Monmouth County, where members of a church were attacked.

That incident is also being investigated as a bias incident, Platkin said.

“We are cognizant of the fact that these attacks have occurred while violence continues to erupt in Israel, and while our own nation reckons with violence at home,” Platkin said.

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia said in a statement that the attack on the synagogue “did not work” and said that hate and antisemitism “will not be tolerated.”

Source: https://www.nj.com/essex/2023/01/firebomb-thrown-at-nj-synagogue-minimal-damage-reported.html